Letter: Look in the mirror
If residents are upset that the next Governor of the Commonwealth is being investigated for selling immigration visas to Chinese investors and blowing millions of taxpayer funds on a car making venture that’s all but finished, they should look in the mirror.
In last week’s election, the total number of votes cast for Governor of Virginia was 2,235,284. The total population of Virginia is estimated at 8,185,867. A reliable news source puts the total registered voters in Virginia at roughly 5,200,000. That disparity between eligible voters and total population consists of children and those who haven’t bothered to register. But the shock to me as it should be to all of us is that only 43 percent of those who were eligible, registered, and could have voted, went to the polls; 57 percent stayed home; more than one-half who didn’t participate.
For those of us in the Commonwealth who live and work outside the perimeters of D.C., Richmond and Norfolk and have traditional values—reflected in the age-old and tested articles of faith, respect for families, respect for marriage between a man and a woman; and the documents that were guided by founding fathers Jefferson, Mason and Patrick Henry—the realization that less than one-half of those who could vote yet ignored their responsibility to citizenship and individual liberty, is astounding. It takes my breath away.
One of my neighbors is of a family whose name is a household word in Gloucester County. I’m told that he’d vote for a dead cat if it had a (D) next to its name on a ballot; but at least he votes. If you’re one of those who sit at home on election day, have seen your health insurance cancelled in recent weeks or expect it to be; don’t think much of sodomy or a kid test driving your daughter, welfare cheats or politicians who lie and steal, maybe it’s time to get yourself out of the house, find out what candidates stand for, and vote on election day. I think we outnumber the beltway bandits, but they show up and vote. That allows them to control us, and makes all the difference in the world. The difference between our liberty and tyranny.